Ahmed Musa

Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa fired a big warning to Egypt on Saturday when he smashed two goals for table-topping Russian club CSKA Moscow against Kuban Krasnoder. Top target of several English Premier League clubs, Ahmed Musa struck in the 21st and 81st minutes for CSKA Moscow to win 2-0.

Fellow Eagles star Aaron Samuel was a stoppage time replacement for the Eagles skipper as both players fly in for the must-win AFCON qualifiers against Egypt beginning with the first game on Friday in Kaduna. Ahmed Musa has now scored eight goals in the league, just two goals short of his tally for last season.

CSKA remain on course to reclaim the Russian championship as they lead the standings with 43 points from 21 matches, two points ahead of closest rivals Rostov.

Meanwhile, Germany-based defender Leon Balogun has added to Nigeria’s growing injury worries after a muscle injury kept him out of his club’s game yesterday and he has now been ruled out of the AFCON qualifiers against Egypt. Turkey-based defender Kenneth Omeruo has already been ruled out of the Egypt matches after he suffered a groin injury that will sideline him for two weeks.

Mainz 05 announced that Balogun is nursing a muscle injury and so did not travel with the rest of the squad for a 1-1 draw at Werder Bremen on Saturday. He is not likely to be fit in time for Friday’ game.